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Microsoft: No free Windows 10 licenses for pirates




The Redmond Giant’s next operating system may be considered free for everyone including those with pirated copies, but it doesn’t mean that they will get license keys too. That’s what Microsoft cleared out at a new report released recently.

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It seems that Microsoft’s stance on non-genuine copies hasn’t changed at all. The company’s statement firmly clears out the idea that pirated copies will get free legitimate keys. The upgrade may happen for any qualifies hardware, but the status of the old OS will be carried over to the new one.

“With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license. Non-Genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft. It is not properly licensed, or supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. If a device was considered non-genuine or mis-licensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mis-licensed after the upgrade.”

Microsoft was previously quoted on a Reuters report implying that all qualified hardware, both genuine and non-genuine, of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will be upgraded to Windows 10. While the announcement has been vague enough to leave confusion, this new clarification gives better understanding on how the Redmond giant will facilitate its next operating system.

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35 Responses

  1. accel says:

    Good news for the rest of us who decided to buy a legit copy of Windows and support those who worked hard to build it. Getting a legit copy of Windows is so damn affordable nowadays.

  2. Miss Call says:

    How was that confusing. They only said even pirated copies are eligible for upgrading to Windows 10. They never said anything about making your copies legit.

  3. Lord Stark says:

    KMSpico…anyone?

  4. abuzalzal says:

    Irrelevant ang topic na ‘to sa mga 3rd world squaqua dahil ito-Torrent din lang pag lumabas na yung cracked copy bweeee

    • nami says:

      maraming ganun, pero hindi lahat :)) KUNG ganun ka, wag mo igaya sayo LAHAT…

      article typo: for any qualified hardware*

  5. b says:

    Happy with my Ubuntu for about 10 years now. When will people see the light?

    • b2 says:

      Linux is good, but it doesn’t have a wide support for 3rd party unlike Windows. So yeah,the programs I need and I like doesn’t come in Linux.

    • accel says:

      Sadly, there’s no such thing as Visual Studio for Linux (and not to mention the lack of AAA-quality PC games). Most free and open-source IDEs suck and nothing even comes close to Microsoft’s Visual Studio in terms of everything.

    • igniculus says:

      application support from 3rd party developers is limited, i can’t play LOL, Sims4 etc., have to use virtual desktops, vmwares, wine etc., just to get other programs to work which is quite a headache, this isn’t just for me. (Fedora (which is also linux based) is quite nice, i use it as an alternate os when i’m on the road)

    • interceptor says:

      Ubuntu is good. You can still run some windows apps using Wine in linux or just install windows in virtual box on top of ubuntu. MonoDevelop is similar to Visual studio-like IDE which you can install on linux

    • accel says:

      @b
      Wine sucks. Compatibility is so-so. Running programs in an emulation layer is the last thing I’d ever wanted to do if ever this world’s going to an end. Running apps in VM is a lot better than running a program in an emulation layer like Wine that has a hit-or-miss compatibility rate. Nothing beats running your favorite applications in a native way.

      Also, MonoDevelop still does not compare to the features offered by Visual Studio.

      It’s currently a fact that none can even match Visual Studio in terms of everything and I know I’m not the only programmer in this planet to say that Visual Studio is the best IDE.

    • accel says:

      @interceptor
      NOTE: My reply is actually meant for “interceptor” so please disregard the duplicate comment earlier.

      Wine sucks. Compatibility is so-so. Running programs in an emulation layer is the last thing I’d ever wanted to do if ever this world’s going to an end. Running apps in VM is a lot better than running a program in an emulation layer like Wine that has a hit-or-miss compatibility rate. Nothing beats running your favorite applications in a native way.

      Also, MonoDevelop still does not compare to the features offered by Visual Studio.

      It’s currently a fact that none can even match Visual Studio in terms of everything and I know I’m not the only programmer in this planet to say that Visual Studio is the best IDE.

  6. Nonoy says:

    It’s contrary to the previous news you’ve published.

  7. Dave Lopez says:

    Then there’s no reason for me to upgrade to Windows 10. My pirated Windows 7 works like the real thing with full support from Microsoft, et al.

    • SpiderWak says:

      Aren’t you proud to be a thief?

    • abuzalzal says:

      @Spider…..

      Oh the hypocrisy …huwag mong sabihin binibili mo lahat ng HD movies mo at MP3 downloads, lol dahil walang maniniwala sa you

      Having a genuine copy of Windows but at the same time doing what the rest of us are doing (Torrenting movies and whatnot) wala kang karapatan tawagin na kahit sino ng magnanakaw…..pot calling kettle black

    • SpiderWak says:

      @abuzalzal

      I’m not into movies and if I wanted to watch one I’d go to cinemas. I’m choosy when it comes to music so I only have about 200+ downloaded from iTunes. Bakit ba parang siguradong-sigurado ka nag nagtotorrent ako? Hindi mo nga ako kilala eh. Huwag mo sana itulad lahat ng pinoy sa iyo. It doesn’t matter if you believe me or not. Wala namang mawawala sa akin.

  8. Easy E says:

    yes you can upgrade even if you have a pirated ver installed but without a key. So the upgraded win10 will expire.

  9. gadgeteer says:

    see? I told you so, micro$oft will allow the upgrade and free to use,even without license, but once your system is dependent on their OS they will have a crackdown which forces you to buy their license at unreasonable prices!!! this is the same tactic they use before on XP which earned bill gates the title richest man in the world!

  10. victor says:

    Why do people still use a pirated copy of Windows is beyond me. A legit copy of Windows can be had for at least Php. 3000.

    Stop being cheapskates folks.

    • SpiderWak says:

      Many times yun pang mga pirata ang mga maiingay eh wala namang karapatang mag-ingay. Dami namang alternative sa Windows eh..

    • victor says:

      @SpiderWak
      Sadly, those “alternatives” won’t run most of the well-known applications used in businesses (Visual Studio, Adobe CS, Office and the list goes on). Not to mention, gaming on those “alternative” OS is just pretty bad. I’ll stick with Windows until the day when Linux distros can run all the apps I need.

      And please don’t even tell me that I should use Wine on Linux so that I can run all my Windows apps. That’s just stupid.

    • SpiderWak says:

      tama ka victor.. ang gusto ko lang naman sabihin, kung gusto ni user gumamit ng Windows magbayad sya, kung ayaw nya magbayad gumamit nalang ng alternative.

    • abuzalzal says:

      The ”why buy it when you can get it for free” mentality still persists amongst Pinoys up to this day, you can’t blame people from stealing Windows. Kung sumusweldo lang ako ng minimum to above minimum there’s no way in hell I would be able to afford Windows.

    • SpiderWak says:

      @abuzalzal, kung walang pambili ng legit copy ng Windows di magtiis sa internet cafe.

    • victor says:

      @abuzalzal
      Then why buy a PC if you’re just a minimum wage earner?
      Because fuck logic!

      This whole “why buy it when you can get it for free” is such a stupid and very lame excuse.

      Looks like nothing-for-good pirates will always find a “valid reason” for what they do regardless of the circumstances, eh?

    • rey says:

      @victor
      thats right. why tried to be “IN” when you cant even afford it.

      then use the lame excuse of “why pay for it when i can have it for free”.

      bawas bawas din minsan sa mga cant afford ang social climbing para di mauwi sa piracy!

  11. B3 says:

    My pirated Genuine Windows 7 will have a Genuine Windows 10, thanks Pirate lords.

  12. browsebrowselang says:

    Today, almost all we casually do are done online anyway. I’m running Elementary OS on all my home desktop and laptop, for games I have my tablet for that. I haven’t touched Windows for the last 5-years at home. I only use Windows at the office since that is what our IT demands the employees to use.

  13. ac3buddy says:

    Except for AAA+ Games, i’m okay with Ubuntu, been a user since 2005. So sampung taon na pala.

    VB= Gambas sa Linux
    Photoshop = gimp
    and many more,

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